A couple unite - she is fluent in the crane style of kung fu, he in tiger style. They have a son, but the boy's father is killed by the evil eunuch Bai Mei. Disguised as a girl, his mom ... See full summary »
Three North Shaolin teachers (Lu Feng, Chang Sheng, and Sun Chien) are called on by the Manchus to teach their soldiers and are urged to challenge the current South Shaolin teachers. They ... See full summary »
Director Chang Cheh reunites the Five Venoms in his second biggest cult hit in the West. It's Lo Meng's most memorable performances whose showdown with fellow Venom Kuo Chue is artistically violent while being graphically artsy.
Ying Ke-Feng, head of Peerless Manor, is an expert swordsman whose escort business transports 200,000 taels of silver to the capital each year. This year, however, he is afflicted with an ... See full summary »
After defeating The Long-Armed Devil and his armies, our nubbed hero has been living in retirement as a farmer, but circumstances causes him to come out of retirement and take on The Eight ... See full summary »
Hung escapes Shaolin after the temple is attacked by the Ching, only to be jailed with the help of Fang (also of Shoalin) who mistakes him for a bandit. Fang must now help Hung escape so they can challenge the Ching together.
The Shaolin Temple is the last place to resist defeat by the Manchu Dynasty, mostly because of their unique fighting style. Men from far and wide come to wait outside the temple, hoping ... See full summary »
Lei Li lost his right-arm in a sword duel with the master of a martial arts school, long ago. Now, he is able to defend himself well with just his left arm, and kung fu techniques. That he ... See full summary »
Good, But not as good as the other Shao Lin films to follow
This was a huge deal in the SF Bay Area, back in a time when there was no Jet Li or Chow Yung Fat, yet it was still reviewed in the hip weekly papers and Chronicle. This film, along with Heroes Two and Shao Lin Martial Arts almost brought some critical respect for the Genre when it seemed all but dead after Bruce Lee died. Sadly, it didn't take off, and Chang Cheh cranked out as many stiffs as he did Masterpieces. Hell, he wasn't making movies for western audiences, anyway.I just remember how stunned the theater owners were when all these white hippie intellectual couples showed up at the Great Star theater in droves to see this flick. The one thing that is lacking is in the fighting scenes you never see the Tiger Crane fist technique, only punches and palm strikes. They must have realized that something was missing, because every Fu Sheng Shao Lin movie, and damn near every movie about Shaolin, had the tiger Crane moves after this. Just so you know, there were actually 5 systems out of the temple that survived the burning, but you would never know it from these flicks.
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